VisitPittsburgh spends half of income on salaries and bonuses, Allegheny County councilman says

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An Allegheny County councilman said today tourism agency VisitPittsburgh spends too much on salaries and bonuses, questioning whether hotel-tax dollars would be better spent elsewhere.

Matt Drozd, R-Ross, said he will call on his fellow council members to consider building a new tourist promotion agency, ditching VisitPittsburgh, formally known as the Pittsburgh Convention & Visitor's Bureau Inc.

"I believe that it is my and other elected officials duty to make certain that our agencies and authorities are being good stewards of the taxpayer's hard-earned monies," Mr. Drozd wrote in a press release. "Time is now of the essence to evaluate the benefits being received from investing such large sums of hard-earned tax dollars in this agency."

According to Mr. Drozd's calculations, VisitPittsburgh received nearly $8 million from the hotel tax in 2011. He says the agency spent $4 million on salaries and bonuses.

Allegheny County's hotel tax generated $29,169,603.54 in 2012, according to county records.

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Andrew McGill: or 412-263-1497.

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